Step into beautiful tranquillity with a new start in the Cotswolds. Located in the south-central part of England, the Cotswolds crosses the borders of multiple counties including Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire and small parts of Wiltshire, Somerset, Worcestershire and Warwickshire. It's known for the many quaint and picturesque villages, the most popular of those including Bourton-on-the-Water, Broadway, Naunton and Mickleton.
In 1966, the Cotswold was designated as an AONB or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is the largest AONB to date in England, following the Lake District as the second largest protected landscape. It's not hard to see why either; huge expanses of lush greenery, interspersed with small golden stone villages and towns rich in history.
The most famous commodity from the Cotswold is the yellowed oolitic Jurassic limestone that has been quarried for decades to build the stunning homes and walls throughout the area. It does, however, vary in colour depending on where it has been quarried, ranging from glowing honey tones in the north and north-east to deep golds in the central and southern areas and brilliant white in Bath, Somerset.
Village life isn't the only way to live and enjoy the Cotswolds. Award-winning Leedons Residential Park, only a ten-minute walk away from the popular village of Broadway, is the ideal place to escape to. Perfect for semi-retired or retired individuals or couples, the residential caravans of the Cotswolds are more like small stately cottages, with premium and modern designs and decorated tastefully throughout.
Each home includes your own garden space, parking for two cars and even a shed or greenhouse and residents have peace of mind with park managers and wardens available onsite. Residents will enjoy the recently refurbished pool and social complex, the high-quality facilities are nestled amongst peaceful surroundings including a lovely pond and include a large swimming pool, social hall and sports facilities.
The nearby village of Broadway has all the necessary amenities you could ever require, including shops, banks, cafes, restaurants and a post office. Enjoy the pleasantries of village-living while residing in a tranquil Cotswold caravan park haven away from the hustle and bustle of tourists and daily life.
The Cotswolds is a very historic area, having evidence of Neolithic settlements from over 2000 years ago and the visible remains of both Bronze and Iron Age forts. It was also a popular location for Romans who built numerous villas, like the one at Chedworth, the largest of its kind and settled Gloucester.
More Roman handy-work can be viewed in Cirencester, home to one of the largest Roman amphitheatre sites across the UK and the remains of the Roman built Cirencester Town Walls, built early in the 3rd century. Corinium Museum, the award-winning museum in Cirencester boasts a huge number of interesting exhibits from the Romans including Roman mosaics. There is plenty to keep little hands busy and you'll also see examples of Prehistoric tools, Anglo-Saxon goods and Medieval sculptures.
If you want to stroll through some areas of incredible beauty, the Cotswolds has plenty to keep you busy. Sample the leafy delights of the Westonbirt Arboretum, one of the most beautiful tree parks in the world and boasting over 15,000 trees from all over the world. Admire the amazing sites from the ground or take a gentle walk up to the STIHL Treetop Walkway, a 300-metre treetop walk stretching from the Welcome Building to the remarkable Silk Wood. Make sure to stop by the Highgrove Gardens, ceaselessly tendered to since 1980 by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, experience flowers in all the colours of the world and meander your way through each of the characteristic areas.
Cotswold Wildlife Park is the perfect place to bring the children or grandchildren, with over 260 species spread across 120 acres and the largest reptile collection in the UK, you'll sure to find something delightful. There's talks, daily feedings, attractive gardens, lawn-dwelling Rhinos and even a walk-in Lemur enclosure, definitely worth a visit for the young or mature.
If you love getting stuck in, the town of Chipping Campden, in the Cotswolds, is recognised as the original home or the arts and crafts movement, founded by William Morris at the end of the 19th Century. You'll find plenty of arts and crafts stores across the area and there are lots of arty events throughout the year to take part in.
When you want somewhere green and peaceful to relax in, you'll find no end of Cotswolds parks, gardens and manor homes which will make for a lovely day out. From Rousham, considered one of the most important gardens in English history to exciting Painswick Rococo Garden, first designed in 1740 for intimate gentlemen's parties and brought back from the brink of ruin in 1984.
For the walkers that love to go the distance, the Cotswold was made for you, stroll along the long-distance Cotswold Way, a public footpath stretching over 100 miles and running along the entire length of the AONB with views across Severn Valley. Not only is there a plethora of natural beauty to see and discover, the area will change with the seasons, presenting new gorgeous views throughout the year.
As of April 2018, it has been requested that the Cotswold receive National Park status, considering the Area of Natural Beauty receives an astonishing 23 million visitors a year. This combined with the Cotswolds incredible recognition for brilliance. Represented by the five European Special Areas of Conversation, more than 80 Sites of Special Scientific Interest and three National Nature Reserves that can be found in the Cotswolds area. It's not hard to see why the area is so deserving.
If you are looking for your next adventure and would like to move into a residential caravan park in the Cotswold area, consider giving our friendly park team a call on 01386 852 423. Additionally, we've recently completed our newly refurbished showground at the Valley Shopping Park in Evesham, WR11 4TP, pop by and have a look at the incredible park homes we can offer prospective movers.